Orality and Literacy

Feast of St Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop of Armenia
Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word by Walter Ong, S.J.

Orality_and_Literacy_Square.jpegOne can scarcely exaggerate how profoundly the introduction of writing changed all facets of human existence. Ong lucidly documents those changes and then projects his conclusions into the age of mass electronic communications. This thirtieth anniversary edition offers two new essays by cultural critic John Hartley, which contextualize Ong within recent intellectual history on the rise of communication and media studies and within recent scholarship on orality, literacy and knowledge technologies. As we leave behind (courtesy of radios, telephones, and computers) our predominately chirographic culture to enter uncharted territory, Ong is a prophetic guide, offering philosophical, social, and theological implications.

263 pp. paper $33.95

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  • Malcolm Harris
    commented 2015-10-01 17:43:44 -0500
    Orality & Litarcy is one of my favorite books of all time. Ong has had a profound impact on my thinking and self awareness.

    He makes us think about the huge difference between oral societies and our own literacy besoaked culture. You will realize things about yourself and our society you were entirely unconscious of.

    In some ways it complements Owen Barfield’s work, although I find Ong crystal clear.

    My copy is much older than this new edition.
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